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Unity and the Exceptional Life

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     I’m working on a couple of writing projects right now. One is on eternal life and another is on retranslating the Gospels, inserting all the different biblical terms I’m redefining. What I’ve found is that so much of our … Continue reading

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True Religion is Not Tradition

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, James 1:17-27      I heard a story that helps me think about tradition and how it can get in the way of religion that is true. A man was hired to paint the lines on a highway. … Continue reading

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The Death of Individualism

       I’m getting ready to plant another garden this year. I’ve started turning over the soil so all the leaves and compost can breakdown to add nutrients and texture to the soil. I bought some seeds—snap peas, green beans, … Continue reading

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Bring the Kingdom of God to Someone

  Mark 1:14-20                                                    The kingdom of God (which is the same thing as the kingdom of heaven) is one of my favorite topics. I think it was one of Jesus’s favorite topics. John the Baptist considered it a favorite … Continue reading

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Ready or Not — Here I Come!

Matthew 25:1-13      My first title for this piece was “Good Works are the Ticket into the Kingdom of Heaven.” That’s a title/statement that would make the average Lutheran theologian react in defense of what he/she was taught in confirmation … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of God is Being Taken Away

  Matthew 21:33-46      Here’s another group of people (to add to the list in my last post) that Jesus says will not participate in the kingdom of heaven (also called the kingdom of God). In my ebook about the … Continue reading

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5 Groups of People Who Won’t Enter the Kingdom of God

Matthew 21:23-32 Jesus said tax collectors and prostitutes will enter the kingdom of God before the religious rule-followers who say the right words. In the Gospels, He spoke of five kinds of people who won’t find the peace and joy … Continue reading

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Binding and Loosing in the Name of Jesus Christ

Matthew 18:15-20      Jesus taught a direct approach to dealing with relationship issues that progressed from the one on one approach to going before the ekklesia.      If someone is not complying with the goals of the group, go to … Continue reading

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A Transliteration of the Parable – Weeds Growing with Wheat

Matthew 13:24-30, 37-43            Feeling a little bit like Eugene Peterson who wrote The Message, I did a transliteration of the text as a follow-up to my previous blog post. Obviously I used my understanding that the kingdom of the heavens … Continue reading

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4 Reactions to the Word of the Kingdom

Matthew 13 How receptive are you to the word of the kingdom that Jesus spread in the world in his parable about the Sower and the Seed? And what was the “word of the kingdom” that Jesus was sowing? The … Continue reading

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